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Toshiba Satellite Z930 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £800
inc VAT

It's very thin and light with decent performance, but you can get a similar laptop for a lot less


13.3 in 1,366×768 display, 1.2kg, 1.7 GHz Intel Core i5-3317U, 6.00GB RAM, 128GB disk, Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

The Toshiba Satellite Z930 has a sleek ultra-thin chassis, with most of the ports relegated to the back. There’s one USB3 port on the right, as well as two 3.5mm audio jacks and a multi-format card reader on the left, but you’ll need to reach around to the back for the HDMI and VGA video outputs, full-size Gigabit Ethernet and two regular USB ports.

Toshiba Satellite Z930

Despite the svelte dimensions, there’s still room inside for an Intel Core i5-3317U processor, 6GB of RAM and a 120GB SSD. The Z930 is one of few sub-£1,000 machines to include a full SSD, rather than a small caching disk paired with a mechanical hard disk, and although it didn’t boost performance in our multimedia benchmarks where it scored 51 overall, it still boots up and resumes from sleep very quickly.

Toshiba Satellite Z930

No moving parts also helps keep power consumption down, so it should come as no surprised that the Z930 managed to last over seven hours in our light-use battery test. It’s not the best result we’ve seen from an Ultrabook, but it’s still more than enough to get you through the working day without having to worry about finding a mains socket.

Another reason for the great battery life is that Toshiba has opted for integrated graphics. Unfortunately, Intel’s HD 4000 GPU will only take you so far, and in this regard the Z930 is unsurprising. Only managing 19.7fps in our Dirt 3 test proves you won’t be playing the latest titles, and even older games will struggle at maximum detail settings.

Toshiba Satellite Z930

The downside with having such a thin laptop is that there’s very little room for a keyboard with a comfortable amount of travel. The Z930 has a full-size keyboard, but the keys themselves have almost no travel – it can feel a little like typing directly onto a desk, although some keys fare better than others. It is at least backlit, making it easier to work in dark environments, but it’s still not the best experience.

Toshiba Satellite Z930

We had a better time with the touchpad, which has separate physical buttons rather than an all-in-one design. Again, button travel is limited, but they feel much more responsive in use. The touchpad is a decent size, using the same 16:9 aspect ratio as the 13in screen, although it’s not quite sensitive enough to cover the entire desktop in a single swipe.

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Basic Specifications

Rating ***
Processor Intel Core i5-3317U
Processor clock speed 1.7 GHz
Memory 6.00GB
Memory slots 2
Memory slots free 0
Maximum memory 8GB
Size 16x316x227mm
Weight 1.2kg
Sound Realtek HD Audio
Pointing device touchpad


Viewable size 13.3 in
Native resolution 1,366×768
Graphics Processor Intel HD 4000
Graphics/video ports HDMI, VGA
Graphics Memory 384MB


Total storage capacity 128GB
Optical drive type none

Ports and Expansion

USB ports 3
Bluetooth yes
Wired network ports 1x 10/100/1000
Wireless networking support 802.11n
PC Card slots none
Supported memory cards SDHC, MMC, Memory Stick Pro/Duo
Other ports minijack audio output, minijack microphone input, 2x USB3


Carrying case No
Operating system Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit
Operating system restore option restore partition
Software included Microsoft Office 2010 Starter edition
Optional extras none

Buying Information

Warranty one year RTB
Price £800